Caps Lose in Shootout; Wiz Lose in Blowout
Courtesy of AP | 11/22/2009, midnight
Gilbert Arenas had 18 points in the worst loss yet this season for the Wizards. They've lost eight of nine and were blown out for the second time in two nights. Richard Jefferson added 15 points for the Spurs.
Washington hasn't won in San Antonio since 1999. But unlike Thursday night against Utah, which also hadn't won here in decade, the Spurs kept this streak going.
San Antonio is now looking for a winning streak, and more defense like this will help: The Spurs held the Wizards to a season-low 33 percent shooting from the field and kept them below 100 points for the first time in four games.
The usually dependable Spurs defense has been marginal so far, giving up an average of 98.8 points entering Saturday's game. Against the Wizards, the Spurs held an opponent below 90 for only the second time this season.
Between shaky defense and injuries - Manu Ginobili is out at least until next week with a strained left groin - the revamped Spurs have not been power many predicted. But 5-6 is still where the Spurs were a year ago before going on to win the Southwest Division.
The Wizards, meanwhile, are off to their own disappointing start. Washington is 3-9 and has lost six games by double digits, including a 127-108 loss Friday night against Oklahoma City.
Antawn Jamison scored 15 points in his third game back for the Wizards, and his worst so far. Jamison scored 31 and 22 in his first two games after missing the first nine with a right shoulder injury.
Randy Foye had 10 points, the only other Wizards player in double figures.
San Antonio led 52-40 at halftime, then buried the Wizards with a 22-8 burst to start the third. Duncan, who also had seven assists, scored eight in the quarter, then took a seat the rest of the night.
Matt Bonner scored 12 and Roger Mason had 11 for San Antonio.
Wizards F Mike Miller scored four points before leaving the game in the first quarter with a strained right calf. ...Wizards C Fabricio Oberto had two points and four rebounds against his former team.